Refugee boat sinks off Turkey's Aegean coast, 24 dead

Baku, February 8, AZERTAC

At least 24 people have died after a boat carrying refugees sank in the Aegean Sea off Turkey's western Balikesir province, according to Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish Coast Guard said they rescued three survivors Monday morning, while another was rescued by a fishing boat following the incident near Edremit district, which is kilometers away from the Greek island of Lesbos.

A search-and-rescue operation is underway to find the missing refugees following survivors’ statements that there were around 40 people on board.

Turkey’s Aegean provinces -- Canakkale, Balikesir, Izmir, Mugla and Aydin -- are prime spots for refugees leaving for the EU, with many Greek islands lying within sight of the Turkish coast.

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